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Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secondary schools in England from autumn 2020, according to Department for Education (DfE) proposals. Under the plans, which are now…
Humanists have hailed an Appeal Court ruling as paving the way for legally recognised marriages in Northern Ireland, despite losing a bid to have the current law declared in breach of human rights. A model and international footballer, who won the right to have a lawful humanist wedding in Northern…
A heterosexual couple fighting for the right to have a civil partnership have won a ruling at the UK's highest court that they are being discriminated against. Five Supreme Court justices unanimously allowed an appeal by Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41. They are currently prevented from having a…
Parallel Westminster bills calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland represent the biggest step in the ongoing campaign to lift the ban, activists have said. Identical private members' bills will be tabled in the Lords and Commons this week, one by a Conservative peer and the other by a…
The UK Government has said same sex marriage in Northern Ireland could be introduced via Westminster. Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley said while it should be a matter for the Stormont Assembly, if the matter was to be raised at Westminster it is the Government's policy to allow…
Anti-rape apps create a "climate of fear" where responsibility for gathering evidence of a sexual assault is pushed on to victims, according to a new study. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Trent University, Canada, found personal smartphone technologies place the emphasis on women to take "routine" daily measures to…
Around one in 10 females aged 16 to 19 were victims of domestic abuse last year, a survey has suggested. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on domestic abuse showed that 10.5% of 16 to 19-year-old females reported instances of abuse in the 12-month period to March…
Women who are subjected to violence within partnerships prefer more feminine men, according to new research carried out by scientists at the University of St Andrews. The study, carried out by academics from the School of Psychology and Neuroscience Perception Lab at the University, is the first to find that…
Two landmark court challenges against the ban on same sex marriage in Northern Ireland have been dismissed. Mr Justice O'Hara rejected both cases, insisting the ban did not violate the rights of LGBT couples in the region. Delivering judgment at the High Court in Belfast, he said it was for…
Loneliness is on the rise with more than one in eight adults saying they do not have a close friend - an increase on previous years, according to research. Almost seven million people in the UK - 13% - do not have someone they would call a close pal, up…
Stepmothers have more problems getting on with their stepchildren than men do, research has found. About 65% of stepfathers reported good relationships with their stepchildren compared with 57% of stepmothers, according to the Happy Families? report from relationships charities Relate and Relationships Scotland. The findings come as the charities anticipate…
Sex and relationships education (SRE) should become mandatory in schools, the chairman of the Education Select Committee has said. Neil Carmichael told MPs that SRE is needed in the face of threats to children through sexual abuse, as he urged the Government to take action. The Tory MP for Stroud…
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